Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Labor Day Weekend Traffic Safety Alert

Seattle, WA – Labor Day Weekend is one of the most deadly holidays for fatal alcohol-related traffic crashes, according to Evergreen Safety Council. Nationally, it is estimated that hundreds of people will die in traffic crashes during the holiday period. As we approach one of the deadliest travel weekends of the year, the Evergreen Safety Council is issuing a Holiday Traffic Safety Alert.

“Chances are you will be sharing the road with intoxicated drivers during the Labor Day holiday,” said Tom Odegaard, President of Evergreen Safety Council. “We encourage the use of designated drivers and common sense to make sure everyone has a safe and fun holiday.”

Law enforcement officers from across the country will be cracking down on drunk driving over the Labor Day holiday and days leading up to it. The nation-wide crackdown, "Over the Limit. Under Arrest." involves concentrated sobriety checkpoints and other high-visibility enforcement efforts to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

Evergreen Safety Council offers these tips for remaining safe on the road:
Wear your seat belt:
· Buckle up! Seat belts reduce your risk of fatality by 45% in a traffic accident, but must be used to work.
· Use both lap and shoulder belts whenever possible.
· Insure a proper fit for your seat belt.

Never Drink and Drive:
· Alcohol is the single largest factor involved in motor vehicle deaths.
· Have a responsible designated driver when you head out for Labor Day activities.

Be aware of drunk drivers (here are some signs):
· Drivers who turn with a wide radius.
· Drivers at speeds 10 miles below the speed limit or speeding excessively.
· Drivers who are following too closely.
· Drivers who have a slow response to traffic signals.

Use defensive driving:
· Maintain a proper following distance from other vehicles. The rule of thumb is three seconds following distance plus one additional second for each hazard, such as rain or heavy traffic.
· Scan the road environment ten to fifteen seconds ahead of your vehicle.
· Check your mirrors and your surroundings often.
· Watch for tailgaters. If someone is tailgating, slow down to increase following distance and encourage the tailgater to pass.

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